// 41st Annual Student Academy Award Region 3 Semifinalists, Steinar Bergoy Nedrebo, Daniel Sierra and Jie Yi!//


Please join us in congratulating 2013 Alumni, Steinar Bergoy Nedrebo, Daniel Sierra, and Jie Yi,  as their films have been chosen to advance in the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards - Region Three Semifinals! 

Their films:

Staircases,  by Steinar Bergoy Nedrebo

Oscillate, by Daniel Sierra

Light Mind, by Kat Yi

Will be screening:

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Academy Theatre

111 East 59th Street

(Between Park/ Lexington)

New York, NY 10022

We wish them the best of luck and further advancement into the final stages of the Awards!

// How to Avoid Annoying People at Athens International Film Festival 2014!//

Image Credit: Ariel Nasser, How to Avoid Annoying People

Congratulations to yet another alumni, Ariel Nasser, for his official selection of his animated short How to Avoid Annoying People, in the Athens International Film and Video Festival 2014! Please visit the website for more details on the upcoming festival schedule:  http://athensfilmfest.org/doomsdays-preceded-by-messy-and-how-to-avoid-annoying-people/

// Light Mind at New York City International Film Festival!//


Please join us in congratulating 2013 Alumni, Jie Yi in her New York City International Film Festival Official Selection for her documentary “Light Mind”! The festival will be held in Time Square, from May 29th to June 5th 2014. Please follow the link for more screening information:

// "ZERO:ONE" 2014 MFACA Thesis Exhibition//

imageImage Credit: Panop Koonwat, “CUPIDICULOUS,” 2014 Animation.


Tuesday, May 27 – Saturday, June 7

Reception: Thursday, May 29, 6:00 – 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts presents “ZERO:ONE,” an exhibition that brings together selected thesis projects from graduating MFA Computer Art students. Curated by Hsiang Chin Moe, assistant to the MFA Computer Art chair, the exhibition is on view May 27 through June 7 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

ZERO:ONE” explores the different themes and media of digital art. “In this annual event, MFA Computer Art graduating students showcase their talents to communicate stories and concepts,” Moe says. “This exhibition is the next step in the evolution of our students’ work,” says Bruce Wands, MFA Computer Art chair. “It includes 3D animation, motion graphics, experimental video, interactive installations and digital fine art. What makes it unique is the multidisciplinary artistic approach of our graduates.”

The exhibition showcases graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. All thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies to address a broad range of topics, including a story of a rock band, with four puppet characters animated in stop motion, by Xiaoxiao Tang; a mixed-media installation that combines video projection mapping and sculpture by digital fine artist Harsha Biswajit; and a short story about two dolls coming to life at night in a toy shop, by 3D animator Chun Wei Kuo. Participating artists make use of programming languages, digital fabrication methods, artificial intelligence, computer vision, human-computer interaction and traditional art production methods to realize their creations.

MFA Computer Art at SVA emphasizes creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year, 60-credit program, which has distinguished itself with seven Student Academy Awards.

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, is open 9:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday. It is fully accessible by wheelchair. The gallery is closed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day. For more information, call 212.592.2145.

// MFA Computer Art Open Studios Spring 2014//

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents the MFA Computer Art Open Studios Spring 2014, bringing together multidisciplinary projects from our graduating students. The event will be open to the public on April 15 through April 16 at the MFA Computer Art Studio, 133-141 West 21st St, between 6th and 7th Avenues, 12th floor, New York City.

On view: April 15 – 16, 2014, noon – 7pm
Reception: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5-7pm

Artist Credit:

Harsha Biswajit

Untitled Installation View


// [inter]sections - Curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art)//

March 24 - April 19, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-8pm
Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Valhalla, NY

[inter]section is an exhibition curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art). The exhibition shows five male artists, Andy Deck (current MFACA faculty), Carlos Delgado, Matt Ferranto, Dusty Grella (MFA 2009 Computer Art) and Kurt Ralske (formal MFACA faculty) using code, drawing, mail, software, sound, sculpture, and video to explore the intersections of education, art and technology. Highlighting process and practice, this exhibition seeks to involve the viewer both physically and metaphorically as form emerges from function within the gallery environment.

Please join the Alumni Society in congratulating this year’s Alumni Scholarship Award recipients including MFACA’ers Panop Koonwat and Nai Wai Liu!


Nai Wei Liu - “Something Important” - 30 years ago my father came to study in NYC, so I’ve heard many stories about this city in childhood. After father has passed away a few years ago, I decided to study aboard in NYC too. This film is about how my memories of my family motivate myself when in depression. The visual style of abstract collage and self-narrating is applied to this 2D animation to express one of the diaries written when I was studying in a strange city. In this diary I continuously asked and answered myself how to forget unhappy memories. Through this process I realized there are still a lot precious memories worth cherishing and that kept me going. Through this work I wish to encourage not only myself but also people like me who suffer depression, and I hope everyone can find things and people worth cherishing, and face life with an active and positive attitude. 

Panop Koonwat - “Cupidiculous” - is the story about Cupid, who made Adam and Eve fall in love by his love arrow. After that, they start to multiply uncontrollably. This leads to human overpopulation, which in turn leads to other problems such as overconsumption and global warming. Finally, Cupid can not stand watching the world be destroyed. He takes action intentionally to stop the problems. This project illustrated using a whimsical flat vector style with vibrant sweet colors. It is a 2D animation look but combining 3D technique (Cinema 4D) and hand drawing (ToonBoom) together.


Each year the SVA Alumni Society awards scholarship funding to final-year undergraduate and graduate students in support of the completion of their final thesis/portfolio projects and/or components thereof. To be considered, students must submit an application, and also must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and remain in good academic standing.

Here is a list of all the Almuni Scholarship Award winners.

Damon Ahola, MFA Products of Design

Melanie Aronson, MFA Social Documentary Film

Katherine Bayard, BFA Photography

Natalie de Segonzac, BFA Photography

Bridget Dearborn, MFA Design

Angela DeVito, BFA Animation

Ashley Fleming, BFA Photography

Caterina Francisca, MFA Design Criticism

Francisco Hernandez, MFA Design

Wesley Huang, BFA Film & Video

Victor Ilyukhin, MFA Social Documentary Film

Dae Yoon Kang, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

with thesis partner Sebastian Boulange, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Yoon Hee Kim, BFA Design

with thesis partners Joo Kong & Silver Kim, BFA Advertising

Clay Kippen, MFA Products of Design

Panop Koonwat, MFA Computer Art

Stephanie Lin, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

with thesis partner Thomas Shek, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

NaiWei Liu, MFA Computer Art

Tyler Lyon, BFA Photography

Alexandra Manikas, BFA Visual & Critical Studies

Kathryn McElroy, MFA Products of Design

Andrea McGinty, MFA Fine Arts

Hector Rene Membreno-Canales, BFA Photography

Rachelle Milne, MFA Interaction Design

Norihiro Mizukami, MFA Social Documentary Film

Simone Rein, BFA Illustration

Alcee Walker, MFA Social Documentary Film

Anne Yang, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

with thesis partner Michael Altman, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

// 'Toñita's' at MoMA Documentary Fortnight!//

Beyza Boyacioglu (MFA 2012 Computer Art) and Sebastian Diaz's short documentary, “Toñita’s" will have its world premiere at Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. The film will screen as a part of the Shorts Program: American Stories, on February 22 at 2pm and on February 23 at 5pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the directors Beyza Boyacioglu and Sebastian Diaz, along with other filmmakers.

Toñita’s dives into the microcosm of The Caribbean Social Club, fondly labeled ‘Toñita’s’ after its owner Maria Toñita, in order to talk about identity, urban space and displacement. Revealed as the matriarch of the community, Toñita is devoted to sustain the club as a hub for the Caribbean people “until she falls”. The film interweaves observational club scenes with testimonials of its colorful regulars, revealing the infamous history of a Caribbean neighborhood, as well as the club’s resistance to rapid gentrification. Music and dance constitute a crucial part of the film, as Toñita’s is a love letter to ‘Nuyorican’ culture.

Building upon Toñita’s short film, the filmmakers are currently developing a feature length documentary, titled The Caribbean.

Toñita’s was produced in 2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and is a part of UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project. This multi­faceted project restores Diego Echeverria’s 1984 film Los Sures (Southside), makes it accessible to audiences online, remixes local histories through a web documentary platform, and reinvestigates Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn today through a collection of short films.

Shorts Program: American Stories
February 22 2014, 2:00pm
Premiere & discussion after the program ­
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, MoMA
February 23 2014, 5:00pm
Discussion after the program ­ The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, MoMA

Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival runs from February 14­28 includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice.
MoMA is located at 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 708­9400 |

// MFACA at Sundance//

Animator Dusty Grella explains his longstanding project the Animation Hotline and how it comes to life at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Creativity is Dusty’s lifeblood and he explains why it is so important to his life and shares advice for aspiring creatives.


// SVA Named One of the Best Art Schools in the World//

Reblogged from SVA’s Trending Now…

From Spear’s magazine: “…Here, Spear’s takes a look at some of the leading art schools internationally—from those right at the forefront of Contemporary art across modern media to others renowned for developing more traditional skills such as painting, sculpture and print making.

…Training at a prestigious art school also gives students invaluable opportunities to collaborate with likeminded talents, while the name of a well-respected institution can provide a foot in the door with both galleries and collectors…

The School of Visual Arts, New York

First established in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, New York’s School of Visual Art began offering degrees in 1972.

Consistently rated as one of the best US art schools and with two prime Manhattan addresses, SVA also has three gallery spaces for over 50 exhibitions a year from both students and professional artists.

It currently conducts 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs - offering everything from fine art, graphic design, photography and filmmaking to art criticism and art education… (continue reading)

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